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When Your Dad Refuses Physical Therapy, Home Care May Still Help this Veteran

Veterans Home Care in Boca Raton

Senior CareYour father might have served in the United States Army during the Korean War or maybe even the Vietnam Conflict, but even if he didn’t served during an active time of combat, he still did something that was incredible, powerful, and supportive of the country that he loves. As he has gotten older you’ve noticed changes in him, especially his physical capabilities.

Maybe you noted to your sister or another family member that he is becoming a shell of the man he used to be and you are worried about him living at home alone. After a slip and fall accident in which he broke his collarbone, you knew it was going to be a long road to recovery. The doctor recommended physical therapy, but he has refused so far. As an aging veteran, you know it’s going to be a challenge to convince him that home care is the best option to support him right now.

First things first. You want to make sure your father is taking part in physical therapy, but he no longer drives and is being stubborn, according to you, about accepting rides to appointments. He figures that once his arm heals he will be able to take care of it on his own, working out to regain strength.

The difficulty regaining muscle mass.

As people get older they will begin to lose muscle mass more frequently into their 70s and 80s. Your father needs to understand that he isn’t physically capable of regaining the type of muscle he had in his 20s, 30s, or even his 40s.

If he waits until his collarbone completely heals to begin exercising and trying to regain that muscle or even strengthening the muscle he still has, he’s going to begin getting frustrated more and more easily. The simple weights that he used to lift or activities he used to do will become much more challenging.

It’s time to sit down and explain these challenges to him in a way he can understand. Many family members understand how their elderly loved ones react to certain information. Explaining the risks that are involved in waiting too long to begin exercising the arm may help convince this veteran to rely on home care services now, rather than waiting.

As for physical therapy, if a doctor has recommended it, it’s a good idea to convince that aging veteran to listen. October is National Physical Therapy Month and when people focus on doing what’s right for themselves and their health, the better it’s going to be for them in the short and long-term aspects of their recovery.

For more information about how Alternative Home Health Care of Palm Beach County, Inc. can help your aging parents remain in their own homes, call 855-622-0588

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Zachary Desmond

Executive Administrator at Alternative Home Health Care, Inc.
Zach Desmond began working with Alternative Home Health Care in September of 2013. In his role as Executive Administrator (EA), Zach is responsible for the overall direction of the organization and high level strategy that aligns with the company’s overall mission, vision, and values.

Zach brings to Alternative 10 years of healthcare operations, sales, finance, and “turn around” experience, having led multiple home health care locations across five states to profitability and sustainability.His history of improving customer service, work flow design, and operational efficiencies along with bottom line profitability has earned him awards and recognition a top performer. Zach realized early on in his career that he felt a true connection to caring for those who need help and ensuring they received the highest quality of care available.

Zach received his Bachelor of Science in Political Science from Southern Illinois University Edwardsville. Zach resides in Fort Lauderdale with his wife, three dogs, one cat and stays very involved in his local community.